My next step is looking at the three main components of the NTL* house. I want to know what I want these elements to be like before I get tied down to an idea that is at odds with how I want things to turn out. Sometimes the plan becomes a simple joining-together. Other times, changes are needed to reach overall goals. And occasionally you see something during the process that gives you an even better idea.
Just days before I started to explore the NTL house, I read about Morpholio's Trace app for the iPad. The app is free, although I have already bought grids to help me be reasonably accurate with sizes, and it does a very good job of mimicking the use of yellow tracing paper, including the ability to add transparent layers over one another. Maybe getting the Trace app led me to start this project now, could be.
The Great Room (I hate the term, but everyone knows it) came together very easily. I showed a fireplace, but it is no longer the must-have that I once considered it. This side of the house 'wants' views. A couple of dimensions document what I'm thinking about size.
The Master Bedroom also fell together easily. Enter from one end, view at the other. Perhaps one big closet/dressing area. Separating the shower/toilet from the sink area is not a big deal. At the next stage I'll see how that works out. No idea why I ended up with a green drawing - pilot error for sure.
The Garage isn't as important as the other two areas, but its size makes me feel like it needs to be considered early. Besides size the relationship to the rest of the house will be critical - near the kitchen for groceries, for instance. We will enter the house through the garage almost 100% of the time, so the entry point will matter and will get some attention in the way of closet, counter, finishes. Mud Room? The Shop isn't going to be much, just a handy place to put tools and household storage. The Yard Equipment alcove doesn't need to be too large - wheel barrow, lawnmower, tools hanging on the walls.
I plan to see what the first floor plan sketch looks like next.
* NTL = Next-To-Last